Bobby Seale, chairman, co-founder and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, is producing a biographical motion picture that will dramatize his life and the tumultuous 1960's and 70's, the era in which the Black Panthers emerged as "the prominent revolutionary civil rights movement of it's time."
Seale and his partner, Stephen Edwards, a filmmaker and former member of the Panthers, have written a screenplay with the title, "Seize the Time, The Eighth Defendant."
"Seize the Time" is also the title of Seale's autobiography, which has sold over one million copies since first published in 1970. A studio executive at Fox Search Light Pictures suggested that Seale and Edwards produce this dramatized feature instead of the more traditional documentary they had originally been working on.
The Washington Times reports that members of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and Westboro Baptist Church are being integrated into the lesson plans – and invited to the actual classrooms – of teachers around the country.
No, these aren't white-pride types, and it's not backlash by those who think ethnic-studies programs could rip apart the fiber of the country.
Rather, educators' aim is that "students can witness the extreme views such groups espouse and know how to avoid them."
Nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Baisden announced a hiatus from his radio show on his Facebook page Wednesday morning. That separation is to begin on April 1.
Baisden, who commands a daily audience of over seven million listeners, said he was unable to discuss the particulars but concluded that a deal could not be made on mutually agreeable terms.
Recognized as one of the most influential men in radio, his "Michael Baisden Show" is one of the top rated afternoon drive radio programs heard in the top urban markets. He is also a TV talk show host, film-maker and New York Times best-selling author with nearly two million books in print.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide each year, according to new research presented this week at an American Heart Association conference.
"This means about one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases is caused by drinking sugary beverages," says study author Gitanjali Singh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Among the world's 35 largest countries, Mexico had the highest death rates from sugary drinks, and Bangladesh had the lowest, according to the study. The United States ranked third.
WASHINGTON – Republican K. Carl Smith is African-American and he knows that the GOP's racial reckoning won't come from 100-page reports from party headquarters with carefully worded prescriptions about "outreach" to "demographic partners."
Instead, the type of sea change needed to shake the GOP's image as a party of old, white and culturally-insulated men will require the type of profound grassroots shakeup that might make some in the GOP uneasy."
"You got your establishment Republicans who want to keep things the same," said Smith, an Army veteran who grew up in Alabama during the Civil Rights era. "The status quo needs to go through some, I won't say diversity classes, but I'll say liberty classes and learn about helping people on the bottom of the ladder."
A new study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute shows that African-American teen abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average.
According to the study, the national average is 18 abortions per 1,000 women among 15-19-year olds. The African-American abortion rate is 41 per 1,000 women among that age group, which is four times higher than non-Hispanic whites abortion rate at 10 per 1,000 and twice as high for Hispanics at 20 per 1,000.
The Guttmacher Institute revealed in a recent study that African-American women account for 30 percent of all abortions and African Americans make up only 13 percent of the total U.S. population.
The Millennial Generation were just pre-teens when The Black Women's Expo (TBWE) kicked off in 1994. Janet Jackson was hot on the pop charts and Disney had just released "the Lion King" movie. The term "smart phone" had yet to be coined and texting was not the ubiquitous occurrence it is today.
Fast forward to 2013 and the Expo is still offering relevant content, not just to those who first turned out 19 years ago, but also to Millennials who will likely be attending with their daughters. Merry Green, owner of MGPG Events, Inc., and the creator of the Expo, talks to The Chicago Defender about the highlights of the 2013 event slated for April 5-7 at Chicago's McCormick Place and what we can expect this year.
The Chicago Defender: To what do you attribute the longevity of The Black Women's Expo (TBWE)?